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Meetings of the Media Literacy Expert Group

The latest meeting of the Media Literacy Expert Group was held 15 November 2016 in Brussels. The previous one took place on 1 December 2015. Attendance is by invitation only.
Agendas are presentations from the meetings are posted in this page.

Mandate of the group

Meeting of 15 November 2016

Draft agenda of the 15 November 2016 meeting

Speakers bios and summaries of presentations



Bénédicte Robert (European Commission / DG EAC) - Strengthening media literacy to prevent violent radicalisation: following-up on the Paris Declaration

Harry Panagopulos (European Commission / DG JUST) - Media literacy as a tool to promote fundamental rights and citizenship

Hannah Grainger Clemson (European Commission / DG EAC) - Media literacy in school education

Janne Elvelid (European Commission / DG CNECT)- Digital skills and media literacy

Hans Martens (Digital Citizenship Programme Manager / Insafe network coordinator / Better Internet for Kids / European Schoolnet) - How to make the best use of existing networks in formal and informal education to promote media literacy?

Claus Hjorth (Danish Film Institute, Vice-Chair of the Pan-European Film Education working group within EFADs) - Building bridges between the film industry and the education sector to develop and disseminate critical thinking tools

Max Beverton (Public Policy Manager, Sky Academy programme)

Alison Preston (Head of the Media Literacy Research @Ofcom) - Citizens' behaviour in digital media in the UK: Are citizens aware of the need to rely on their own critical thinking to make sense of the web and social media?

Marc Van Der Ham (European policy counsel, Google) - The role of on-line players on digital literacy and media literacy

Thomas Kristensen (Facebook) - The role of on-line players on digital literacy and media literacy

Attila Mong (DW Academy) - How will DW's Digital Strategy empower citizens with critical thinking tools?

Maja Cappello, Martina Chapman (European Audiovisual Observatory, Mercury Insights) - Mapping of media literacy practices in EU-28 (preliminary findings)

Meeting of 1 December 2015

The Media Literacy Expert Group meeting held on 1 December 2015 addressed various topics such as the scope of the Group and the synergies of Media Literacy with EU policies. There were also two panel discussions. The agenda and presentations are available on this page.

Agenda of the 1st December 2015 meeting

Report of the meeting

General presentation

Szilvia Kalman – European Commission / DG EAC: Follow-up of the Paris Declaration: Tackling radicalisation through education and youth action – funding opportunities through the Erasmus+ Programme

Christel Mercade Piqueras – European Commission / DG JUST, #NoPlace4Hate - Fundamental rights - Tolerance and respect: preventing and combating antisemitic and anti-Muslim hatred in Europe

Evangelia Markidou – European Commission / DG CNECT,  - Online safety and digital literacy

Susanne Kiefer – European Union External Action Service,  - The role of media literacy and media freedom in the EU action plan on strategic communication for the Eastern neighbourhood

Aidan White – Director - the Ethical Journalist Network - Ethical journalism as an inspiration for responsible communications

Jochen Spangenberg  - Innovation Manager - New Media/Deutsche Welle and Reveal Project - The need for social media verification: REVEAL project financed by the European Commission

Alton Grizzle – UNESCO - How can the EU and other international partners contribute to raise awareness of the importance of media and information literacy at global level?

Renee Hobbs - Founder and Director of Media education lab - How can citizens learn to defend themselves from propaganda? Case study: Mind Over Media – Analysing contemporary propaganda (video presentation)

Wouter Gekiere, European Broadcaster Union (EBU) – Responsibility of Public Sector Broadcasters and the role of the EBU

Stéphane Hoebeke – French-speaking Belgium Public Television (RTBF) - Examples of media literacy actions from a public service TV broadcaster

Cecilia Boreson – Swedish Educational Broadcasting company – Example of media literacy actions from a public service radio broadcaster

Margaret Boribon – European Newspaper Publishers Association
Aralynn McMane - The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers
News literacy: the Global and European perspectives

Biograpies of speakers

Summaries of presentations

See also: Storify of the Expert Group meeting: 

The European Commission chairs the Group and invites the following categories of participants:

  • Experts nominated by Member States, candidate countries and EEA countries;
  • Representatives of European associations and Foundations active in the field of media literacy;
  • Representatives of international organisations active in media literacy (Council of Europe, UNESCO).

Researchers and Universities can also be accepted as observers. Attendance is by invitation only.

See also the Media literacy expert group details in the Commission register of expert groups.